March 14th, 2023 | David C. Smith, PhD – EVP, Blue Ocean Systems 

As the world emerges from a long period of uncertainty, there are several critical trends that small and medium-sized businesses must capitalize on in order to stay competitive throughout 2023 and beyond.

Part two of our six-part series dives into the world of artificial intelligence and automation.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation technologies are changing the way businesses operate, and the trend is not limited to large corporations. With the increasing accessibility of these technologies, smaller businesses are also benefiting from their use. AI and automation can help streamline processes, improve decision-making, and enhance customer experiences, making it easier than ever for businesses to operate efficiently.

One example of how AI is being integrated with business operations is through SAP Business One, an intuitive enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made available to SMEs by Blue Ocean Systems. By integrating AI with SAP Business One, businesses can improve their functionality and gain access to more advanced and efficient processes.


Request a Demo


Predictive Analytics


AI technology makes it easy for organizations to implement predictive analytics, revolutionizing operational decision-making in the process. Algorithms can analyze vast amounts of data to provide businesses with insights and predictions about future trends, customer behavior, and market conditions. This information can be used to make more informed decisions about inventory, sales, marketing, and other critical areas of the business. 




Another way that automation can be used alongside SAP Business One is through chatbots. AI-powered chatbots can be integrated with SAP Business One to provide customers with instant, 24/7 support and answers to their questions. This not only improves customer service but also frees up staff to focus on more complex tasks.


Inventory Optimization 


Inventory optimization can be improved by using AI implementation too. Analyzing inventory data and predicting future demand allows businesses to optimize their inventory levels and reduce waste. This can lead to significant cost savings and improved customer satisfaction. 


Fraud Prevention 


AI can be used to prevent fraudulent activity in financial transactions. By using algorithms to identify suspicious transactions, businesses can ensure the security and integrity of their financial data. 


Supply Chain Optimization 


By analyzing supply chain data, businesses can gain insights into supplier performance, delivery times, and transportation costs. This information can be used to optimize supply chain operations and improve overall efficiency. 


Customer Data Analysis 


AI can analyze customer data and provide personalized recommendations and experiences. This helps businesses build stronger relationships with their customers, leading to increased customer loyalty and satisfaction. 



It is apparent that AI and automation technologies are becoming increasingly accessible to smaller businesses and can provide multiple benefits to their operations. By integrating AI with SAP Business One and other ERP solutions, businesses can gain access to more advanced and efficient processes, improve decision-making, and enhance customer experiences. This can lead to significant cost savings and improved competitiveness in the market. 

At Blue Ocean Systems, we strive to not only support our customers in using SAP ERP solutions but also to help them stay ahead of the curve in relation to industry trends. Get in touch to find out more about us and what we do!